When a team starts a project without planning, the reactive planning model may ensue.
David Allen defined this planning in his book Getting Things Done.
It's a system mental model because it helps you understand how a project's execution works without upfront planning.
The phases of the reactive planning model are:
- Identifying next actions
- Outcome visioning
- Defining purpose and principles
Such phases aren't the natural way your mind operates because you try to do actions before organizing, before collecting many ideas, before creating the vision before defining purposes.
The team reacts to the situation instead of controlling it.
- When stuff gets out of control, they act, word harder, get busier.
- When having a lot of busy people, someone says, "We need to get organized!"
- After some time, just organizing the problem isn't enough, and someone suggests, "Let's brainstorm!".
- But the brainstorming isn't effective because they don't have a clear vision, purpose, and principles. Finally, they ask, "What are we trying to do here?" and start defining the last phase.
The opposite of this model is the natural planning model.
- Which scenarios may we observe the reactive planning model?